Mithra ahouraian

Board Director; Wayfarer Foundation

 

 

Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian launched her legal career working

with globally-renouned firms, developing a foundation in Business Litigation, Intellectual

Property, and Corporate Law before branching off into Entertainment. With degrees from both

UCLA and Loyola Law School, and a specialty from UCLA in Entertainment Studies with an

emphasis in Business and Legal Affairs, Ahouraian has worked in legal affairs at MTV, has

worked on the merger of 2 major record labels, and has been of-counsel to several high-profile

breach of contract and copyright cases involving artists, major studios, and record companies.

Her entertainment practice specializes in film and entertainment financing, negotiating and

structuring artist and production deals, and all intellectual property and corporate matters,

including rights clearance, licensing, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Ahouraian has

extensive experience in film, music, and books, and served as General Counsel to independent

book and audio book publisher Phoenix Books, for whom she negotiated and drafted hundreds

of book and audio book publishing agreements and other agreements pertaining to titles which

include Larry King's My Remarkable Journey, Carl Reiner's most recent books, Robert

Evan's The Kid Stays in the Picture, Bill Maher's audio books, and books by Governor Rod

Blagojevich, CNN host Jim Moret, and Gene Simmons, to name just a few.

 

Ahouraian’s film experience includes finance and production legal for the film Girl Soldier,

starring Uma Thurman, and production deals for Battlefield America.  Her film practice

specializes in intellectual property, film finance, corporate law, and production advising on all

aspects of motion picture and television development, financing, production and distribution.

She represents actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers and lenders. Ahouraian

developed her film finance expertise working with boutique bi-coastal entertainment law firm

Goodloe Law, whose principal clients have included Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema,

Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Endemol Group B.V., Fallbrook

Credit Finance and an array of independent producers for whom they have advised the

structuring and allocation of over 1 billion USD.

 

Ahouraian is also a founding member and general counsel to Crimson World, LLC, an

independent artist development company co-founded by a recording artist in partnership with

Universal Music Group, and backed by Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters. In

this capacity, she established the corporate structure, put together investment packages, and

negotiated and drafted investment agreements, along with recording and production

agreements with artists and producers, such as complex360° artist agreements. With an in-

depth understanding of the music industry, and foresight, creativity and keen business sense,

Ahouraian helped Crimson World develop a comprehensive business model to monetize music

within a changing landscape, using recording artists as the platform for developing assets in all

media.